After a trimester-long unit on African culture and geography which included guided African mask-making and its accompanying ceremony by Kimoyo International, a visitor from Ghana who answered questions from the students, a trip to Safari Park (which is as close as they're going to get to the real thing), as well as lessons on its topography, geography and history, the second-graders finally got to play—play music, that is. In a collection of African/Latin marimba tunes, music teacher Richard Rudolph taught the students to play marimbas, African drums and shakers (and their voices!). The result: the audience is transported to the continent through sights and sounds. The students wore colorful costumes and between songs related facts about African culture, traditions and geography. The program is a tradition for the second grade at North Cross when the class gets to explore a country fully and from many different angles and through various methods and activities. This performance, though, is probably the most entertaining out of all of them—just don't tell the camels at Safari Park.
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